Friday, November 16, 2012

Book Review: War Memorial

Description: At the bottom of an old trinket-box lies a misshapen bit of lead—a bullet from the Civil War, an old family keepsake preserved, but mostly forgotten, by later generations. And behind it lies a story—the story of a young girl’s experiences in the days surrounding the fateful battle of Gettysburg, which force her to examine her own heart and show her the face of war in a way she could not have understood before.

When Elisabeth Foley offered to allow me to review her latest short story, I jumped at the chance. I love historical fiction and, being from the deep south, the Civil War has always held special interest for me.

I don’t read many short stories, because they are just that, short. I like to find myself immersed in a story and learning about a character. I found myself enjoying this story, despite the fact that it was short.

War Memorial is a delightful as well as thought provoking story set during the Civil War, told by a father to his children on a stormy night. I don’t want to give too much of the story away, so I will just say that two people from opposite sides of the war meet, and it changes their lives.

I can imagine this being a perfect family night reading. But I suggest to get the full effect, you wait until it starts raining; turn off all the lights except one oil lamp for your dad to read by. I recommend this book for family read-aloud, for those interested in history, and/or those looking for a well written, short read.

I received this story from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

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